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Hard To Resist $5 Half Marathon

Tuesday, December 16, 2014      4 comments

Ran the GW HM this past weekend. No medal, no music, and no "free" t-shirt. But beautiful views of the Potomac River the whole way. And unlimited brownies, bagels, and bananas at the end - which meant that I had to use more willpower after the r... Read more

$5 vs $50 Half Marathon?

Monday, December 01, 2014      3 comments

If it was worth $5, wouldn’t it be worth ten times that? (Huh, you don't like my logic?) Yes, you can run the exact same course as the $5 Gar Williams HM just 6 weeks later as the Cloud Snapple HM for $50. Dec 12, 2014 $5 Gar Williams HM ... Read more

˝ and ˝ ≠ 1 marathon

Saturday, November 15, 2014      7 comments

How can ˝ + ˝ ≠ 1? At the DC Half and Half: You run 6.55M, eat a half-smoke with chili and chips, then run the remaining 6.55M to complete the half marathon. I’... Read more

Training for the Half and Half Marathon

Thursday, November 06, 2014      5 comments

This weekend, I will do the DC Half and Half Marathon: Run 6.55M, eat a half-smoke with chili and chips, then run the remaining 6.55M. I admit that I have not trained my GI system for this. But I have given it some thought: When I originall... Read more

Crazy elevations in the Annapolis 10M

Wednesday, August 27, 2014      8 comments

Ran the Annapolis 10M on Sunday. A nice race for hill lovers. Check this "interesting" elevation chart. (I'm just showing an excerpt since SP squeezes photos down too much otherwise. The horizontal lines were 20' apart.) Read more

I Beat a Pregnant Woman

Friday, August 15, 2014      8 comments

Half the fun of trail races is how much we complain about them during and afterward. But how could I complain in the presence of her: 29 weeks pregnant and running a 25K! ... Read more

Lose 5 lbs fast

Saturday, July 26, 2014      7 comments

Ran 10M this afternoon. Probably not the wisest thing because the temp hit 90F by the end of my run (which ultimately involved some walking as I attempted to avoid overheating). Curious about water loss, I weighed myself before and after. D... Read more

Another Hilly Half

Monday, May 12, 2014      5 comments

Run my 4th Harpers Ferry Half Marathon this past weekend. I'll make this a short report because I've written about it before (see link at end). I won't repeat anything except to say it's a *very* hill course. Here's a pic comparing it to the HMs... Read more

8K for only $20

Sunday, March 23, 2014      10 comments

This is my kind of deal: In lovely Rockville, Maryland, an 8K for only $20. Includes t-shirt and, at the finish, free beer and all the food you can eat, live band, dancing, and a 50' high cool-down spray courtesy of the local fire dept. Read more

50K Mud Run Not Fun

Monday, March 17, 2014      12 comments

I did the Seneca Creek 50K last week. This was the 2nd year I had done it. Last time, conditions were ideal. This year, not so much. This year, it had snowed a week earlier so I considered using screwshoes or yaktrax. My friends speculated ... Read more

18M warmup for 10M race

Tuesday, February 25, 2014      6 comments

I did the Club Challenge 10 Miler this past Sunday in lovely Columbia MD. This race is open to any member of a running club in Maryland or DC. Can't beat the price: Free! About 1000 people enter so it's not overcrowded. It takes only 1 minute fr... Read more

Free Trail Race w/Choc-Covered Bacon

Saturday, December 21, 2013      7 comments

What a bargain to start the new year: The Red Eye in lovely Prince William Forest in Triangle, Virginia on Jan 1. www.vhtrc.org/news/redey
e Nominally 50K, it also includes options to do 10M or 20M. About 1/3 of runners d... Read more

Is 2000 packets of Splenda enough?

Sunday, December 15, 2013      7 comments

Some people may think I consume Splenda to excess but ... I haven't died yet and it's been so helpful reaching goal weight and maintaining my fluid intake. My only complaint: it's expensive. So last week when I was running low, I went to Am... Read more

Three races, two bottles, one pie

Saturday, November 30, 2013      10 comments

I'm not a fast runner yet I've somehow managed to "win" several goodies in three recent club races - all different clubs, none of which I am a member of. First, it was the "just for sticking around late enough" pie at a $10 HM: ww... Read more

Run a Half Marathon, Get a Pie

Sunday, September 29, 2013      8 comments

Ran the Bachman Valley Half Marathon for the 3rd year in a row. It's getting easier. Probably because I weigh less. This year's race was a bit different than last year's. Well, the awards were different anyway. No ceramic finisher medals. (... Read more


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